July 23, 2007
Got a Tivo? Set it to record Classic Albums on VH1 Classic. Seriously, do it. Episodes I've seen so far: Nirvana's Nevermind, Phil Collins' Face Value, Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon, The Sex Pistols' Never Mind the Bullocks...great stuff. It's almost difficult to remember how revolutionary that Nirvana album was. I remember the first time I heard it I nearly fell over. I still get chills and excitement listening to it today. Dark Side of the Moon has a lot of power behind it, sometimes regarded as the first concept album, but that's if you discount Miles Davis albums or disregard the concepts of the Beatles' albums. Regardless if you agree or disagree with the merits of the concept album it broke ground. I think the Sex Pistols album paved the way for so much music to come out. Most of the members of the band admit that it wasn't difficult to make, but no one had done anything like it. Well regarded today as a classic and brilliant album, it shook the record industry as much as could be done in 1977 and ultimately fizzled in record sales at the time. The Phil Collins' album is a bit out of place among the other three albums, but to hear the stories of how a solo album came from the lead singer of one of the more successful bands at the time is fascinating. It makes me realize I didn't know that much about Phil Collins...the guy is a genius, regardless of some of the cheese he's made.